tv DW News PBS May 22, 2018 6:00pm-6:31pm PDT
♪ brent: this is "dw news," live from berlin. tonight, facebook's ceo mark zuckerberg faces off with the european parliament. zuckerberg apologized to european lawmakers for the recent data scandal at the social media giant. he says the company was too slow to react after user data was manipulated. and he was given a warning that europe considers facebook to be a monopoly. also coming up, dialing down expectations. u.s. president donald trump says that talks planned with north korea for june could be delayed. it came as trump met his south korean counterpart moon jae-in in washington.
also coming up, britain falls silent on the anniversary of a deadly attack. a year ago today, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured scores more at a concert in the city of manchester. ♪ brent: i'm brent goff. it's good to have you with us. tonight, european union lawmakers are demanding better data protection and better privacy from facebook's ceo mark zuckerberg. zuckerberg faced questioning at the european parliament in brussels today in the wake of a massive data scandal that has hit the company. but a complex process meant that
zuckerberg escaped a growing, even know -- escaped a grilling, even though he -- reporter: inside the parliament, not so much. the hearing of the facebook ceo was supposed to take place behind closed doors. so that gave some the impression that the privacy of mr. zuckerberg was more important than the privacy of facebook users. some eu parliamentarians fought back and managed to have the hearing that take place in this room live streamed. so everyone could see how mark zuckerberg apologized for digital facebook tools causing real world problems. >> we haven't done enough to prevent these tools are being used as harm as well. and that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and developers misusing people's information. we did not take a broad enough
view of our responsibility, and that was a mistake, and i am sorry for it. reporter: the start of an interesting debate? not really. the european parliamentarians used up most of the time to ask dozens of questions with zuckerberg sitting quietly for nearly one hour. in the end, this questionable procedure worked to his advantage because he got to pick and choose the questions he answered. >> now we're taking a much more proactive approach. instead of waiting for people in the community to flag for us that there might be issues, we're going through an investigating ourselves up front all of the apps that had access to information. reporter: with time of, -- up, many parliamentarians did not feel they got the information they wanted. >> i am quite disappointed. i think his company took a
serious but he did not take the question seriously. i think he lost a lot of credibility tonight, and the ability to restore trust with european consumers. reporter: in the end, the hearing left a bitter aftertaste for the way the parliament handled it and for the answers they got from zuckerberg. brent: let's pull in our correspondent georg matthes, he's in brussels today. we just heard european lawmakers say that zuckerberg lost credibility. how can he say that? zuckerberg basically had zero time to answer all of the long-winded questions and statements that lawmakers presented him with today. what happened? georg: i think the key problem we had is that this hearing was constructed under was ill
choosen. there were good questions, yesterday to way too much time, but they did have some good questions. was zuckerberg was given the opportunity not only to give an opening statement where he can make that apology, but also to use the rest of that hearing as a platform to repeat basically the opening statement and to maneuver around the tricky questions which he did quite effectively. brent: it certainly was not much of a grilling. so what did zuckerberg answer? georg: there were a number of interesting details. for instance on the issue of fake accounts, which isn't a problem, -- is a big problem, he said above 30,000 of those fake accounts in the run up to french elections were taken down. he said they are focusing on that issue.
he also talked about artificial intelligence, which they used to track down terrorists on facebook. all the bigger questions, the underlying questions how censorship works, targeted advertisement, all of those remained on answer -- unanswered. lawmakers were unhappy on that end, but they are also partly to blame for that missed opportunity. brent: missed opportunity is the best we have heard all day to sum up what happened. we know mark zuckerberg is going around the world trying to limit the damage connected to this huge data scandal. did this appearance today help him or hinder him? georg: there are two ways of looking at it. one is it helped him because he used it as a platform. he knew he could shift around
those questions because the questions and answered were separated. on the other hand it was a key question from a lawmaker, and he said convince me why we should not break you down. convince me why you're not a monopoly. and he missed that chance. had he answered all these pressing questions about facebook, he could have named a competitor, that was one of the questions he did not answer front of congress or the european parliament. if you look at it from this perspective, the european parliament has not the power to really do something against, to really break down facebook, but the eu's antitrust body has that power and crasher -- pressure is moving to regulate facebook more or even break it down. brent: georg matthes on the story for us tonight in brussels. thank you very much. that summit between the leaders of north korea and the united states is looking more and more
doubtful tonight. that is the message from u.s. president donald trump. it came today as he welcomed his south korean counterpart moon jae-in to the white house. the two discussed trade between their two countries and upcoming talks with north korea. trump says he still believes north korean leader kim jong-un is serious about denuclearization, but the planned summit could still fall apart over disagreement on the details of negotiations. >> we are moving along and we will see what happens. there are certain conditions that we want and i think we will get those conditions. and if we don't, we don't have the meeting. and frankly, it has a chance to be a great, great meeting for north korea and a great meeting for the world. if it doesn't happen, maybe it will happen later. maybe it will happen at a different time. but we will see. brent: our washington bureau chief alexandra von nahmen has more from the white house. alexandra: this meeting today between the south korean
president and u.s. president donald trump was actually meant to find a joint strategy for dealing with the north korean leader during this planned summit. now it seems to have become more of a crisis session. it is really remarkable that president trump for the very first time has admitted that this summit may not take place on june 12, that it may be delayed. and we have to understand that, we have to remind ourselves what happened last week. the white house was caught off-guard when north koreans fired off a string of inflammatory statements against the u.s., condemning the latest u.s. south korean military drills in the region, saying that they are not going to participate in a meeting with south koreans, and then
threatening to cancel the planned summit with donald trump. and since then, we have to say that trump's advisors have become increasingly skeptical that kim jong-un is really committed to pledges to seriously discuss denuclearization. so actually what happened today his not coming as a huge surprise. brent: that was alexandra von nahmen reporting from the white house. here are some of the other stories now making headlines around the world. an explosion in the southern afghan city of kandahar has killed at least 16 and wounded dozens more. what was first thought to be a minibus packed with explosives authorities later said were two containers steered -- stored near mechanic workshops. no one has yet claimed responsibility. and experimental vaccination program is underway in the democratic republic of congo. the world health organization says more than 30 health care workers have received the shot. they are rushing to head off a major outbreak after the deadly
ebola virus was recently discovered in a large city for the first time. a court in germany has rejected a move by prosecutors to re-arrest the catalan separatist leader carles puigdemont. german prosecutors argue new evidence from spain show the catalan leader was provoking violence. he has been in germany since he was arrested on an international warrant two months ago. the british city of manchester has marked one year since a deadly attack. an attacker detonated a bomb outside a concert by the pop artist ariana grande. killing 22 people and injuring scores more. the city is coming together in one voice. a community sing-along filling the air with songs of love and resilience. the communal concert is being held to honor those lost in to help victims heal.
it follows a moving ceremony earlier today. reporter: 22 colored candles in manchester cathedral, representing the 22 people who died in the manchester arena bombing. the youngest was just eight years old. survivors, families and friends of victims and first responders gathered in the cathedral for the national service of commemoration. they were joined by prince william, british prime minister theresa may, and other dignitaries. it is exactly a year since a suicide bomber blew himself up as thousands of music fans started leaving manchester arena after a pop concert. hundreds of people were wounded.
>> 22 people lost their lives. reporter: during the service, manchester's bishop david walker urged manchestians to never stop caring for survivors. >> care and concern are not simply things we can franchise out to specialist providers and assume we have discharged our obligation. if we cease to acknowledge our ongoing role in supporting the victims of families of the arena attack, whilst they continue to grieve and hurt on what has happened to them, then we shall also fail in that practical task of building a society fit for them to live in. reporter: the service included a minute of silence observed across britain. >> would you please stand with me as we observe the one minute silence with people around our country. reporter: the commemorations in manchester continue on into the
evening. brent: dw's charlottesville is in -- it has been a year since this tragic event. how are people in manchester coping. ? charlotte: manchester is a city that has been a revocably changed by this attack. scarred, as the mayor of manchester put it. he wanted to make sure this is a proud city, defined. it will not be defined by this attack and it is a city that will not be broken by it. that is why so many thousands people, came to this evening, not just for the sing-along, but also the cathedral earlier. people of all ages, groups, offense, all of whom want to come together to prove that
manchester will move on from this attack, of course not forgetting those 22 people who lost their lives. brent: in that attack happened after an ariana grande concert. she has been in touch, hasn't she? charlotte: that's right. she has often been in touch with the people of manchester to give support. this morning she sent a tweet saying thinking of you all. sending all the light i have on this challenging day. you might remember that just under two weeks after the attack, she held a concert tens of thousands of people came out for. it was meant to bring people together, to be a sign of defiance and unity. and this message again is trying to do that once more. she is not the only person who said something today. prime minister theresa may, who was at the service today, she described the attack as an act
of sickening cowardice. she praised the people of manchester, saying they were the best of the united kingdom, their defiance is the best the u.k. has to offer. a number of people have sent messages of support today. brent: earlier today you were at that memorial service in manchester cathedral. tells about that. charlotte: that's right. the prime minister was there, prince william was there. they wanted to show that on behalf of the government of the united kingdom. it was extremely moving. thousands of people were gathered outside, those who do not have an invite into the cathedral. there was a minute of silence halfway through the service, that was extremely touching. arm in arm standing, many of them crying as they were remembering those who lost her lies. we saw policeman -- who lost their lives.
we saw policeman who removed their helmets. the sing-along that had just taken place, manchester wants to make clear it is proud and it will continue. that is why so many of the events that have taken place today have had a very uplifting feel to them. it is not just a time for grief, it is also -- brent: charlotte chelsom-pill on the story in manchester. thank you for a much. you're watching "dw news." still to come, can a new coach revive the team's fortunes? first, donald trump has managed to get trade concessions out of china but he is still not happy. daniel has more. daniel: looks like he got what he wanted but it was not enough. china says it will slash import duties on foreign cars on the first of july.
as much as 25% to 50%. it comes as they tried to -- the size decided to hold off on punitive tariffs while negotiations on a deal to narrow trade surplus continues. it looks as if a trade war had been uprooted but now president trump says he is not happy with the deal so far. jens korte is on wall street. it seemed like a done deal. not trump is not happy. what happens now? jens: it will take time, and that is also what donald trump said that it will take a little while before there might be a solution. but i'm not that surprised. if you think back a couple of days, the u.s. government was talking about they want to reduce the trade deficit with china by $200 billion. that is not an easy task to achieve.
one of the things that is still on a table is if you as a foreign company want to do business with china, you have to actually join a joint venture with chinese firms. this is one of the topics the u.s. side and other nations to nuns thoroughly like -- do not necessarily like. steven mnuchin said over the weekend, and we saw the reaction on wall street after reactions from donald trump that he is not satisfied, u.s. stocks dropped by almost 200 points on the tuesday sessions. daniel: china is lowering tariffs on new car imports. is this the monumental move carmakers have been hoping for? jens: it is a little step and actually it might serve german carmakers more than u.s. carmakers. if i have the numbers right i believe bmw, they exported cars, 178,000 cars to china last year.
general motors partly exports anything. the cars they sell in china, they produce them in china. so they are not part of the terrorists anyhow. the number of cars that ford is exported to china is not that much. the big beneficiaries could be companies like bmw or mercedes. this kind of approach from china might help the competition to u.s. carmakers more than the u.s. carmakers themselves. daniel: odd but interesting outcome, there. jens korte, thanking her much. a little over a month before the next election, turkey's president rest of thai have erdogan is trying to create image of a country with a strong economy. at first glance he is right. but inflation is way above target and the manager charged is dead against rating interest
rates. going off script like that is not what foreign investors want to hear. reporter: many young people in turkey cannot find a job. a sure sign the boom years are over. one in five in that age group is now jobless. the country's economy has taken several hits in recent years. more and more foreign capitals leaving turkey. an emerging -- those factors have sent the country's currency tumbling by 12% since mid april alone. it has lost 17% since the start of the year. to stop the trend and detract -- attract foreign money again, the central bank would have to raise interest rates further. they lifted one key rate of 13.5% in april. but president recep tayyip erdogan recently called interest rates the mother of all evil and pledged to foresee central-bank into lowering them, seen as many
as an electric -- election bribe. his plan to influence this ostensibly independent institution is likely the only further to -- deter foreign investors. it could be a pipe dream for many for some time to come. daniel: our correspondent julia hahn is covering the story. she says far too much of erdogan's -- reporter: some analysts say economic growth in turkey has been achieved through doping since growth rates have been powered mostly by stimulus measures and cheap credit from abroad. mr. erdogan instead of investing this money into productive sectors, agriculture, he invested money into roads, bridges, skyscrapers here in istanbul and other capitals and major cities. he is especially fond of multibillion-dollar projects,
mega projects like istanbul's gigantic airport or a new project called canal istanbul, which will be like turkeys suez canal. such projects abstract a lot of attention but they do not increase productivity. so experts here say this growth is not sustainable, it is not healthy, it does not help people to improve their living conditions. daniel: julia hahn running off our business report. now back to brent. brent: in nigeria funerals have taken place for two priests and 17 worshipers who were killed in an attack on a church last month. that attack has been blamed on nomadic cow herders were fighting for scarce resources. but there -- today catholics took to the streets to demand an end to the killing.
adrian creech reports from the capital abuja. >> we need peace. this is what hundreds of demonstrators are demanding. they demand an end to the killings of the country that have been happening in the past years and months. almost on a daily basis there are reports of new killings in the middle belt of nigeria and also the northern part of the country. the reason they are going on the streets already happened three weeks ago when in the middle of the country, a church was attacked. two priests were killed and 17 worshipers. >> we are so concerned that huge numbers of people continually have been killed. the fact that the government at the top is mute, continues to be absolutely silent about the killings that are going on,
thrown into a situation of chaos. adrian: clashes like this is nothing new. but many observers believe in the past two years the amount of attacks went up significantly. in 2016 alone the international crisis group says more than 2500 people were killed in clashes between herdsmen and farmers. there's one cattle rustlers and criminal groups to attack communities, and the president keeps on insisting the influx of weapons from libya for the crisis there increases to the problem here in nigeria. there is also an increase of a taxing communities between herdsmen and farmers that we have observed in the past. whenever the reasons is there simply not enough land.
the population in nigeria has been grown significantly over the past years and it is projected to grow even more. right now there is 180 million. by 2050 is projected to be 400 million. so what can the solution be? a lot of civil society groups have been saying that grazing reserves could be a solution. particular areas were herdsmen could go with her cattle without having conflicts with local farmers. what on a short-term, it is very important the nigerian government is beefing up security in those areas. the areas affected are mostly in the middle and the north, very rural areas. of nigerians have the feeling the state has no control anymore. brent: lucien favre has been announced as new head coach.
the 60-year-old has bundesliga experience. he has been linked with the dortmund job for some time. reports say his new employers paid the french club nice 3 million euros to release the swiss coach from his contract. he will be presented at the start of july. after a short break i will be back to take you through the day. stick around for that. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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